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Aloha Oe + Lane Tanner Designs Giveaway!

Aloha Oe + Lane Tanner Designs Giveaway!

No matter where I’ve been, I’ve never experienced a sunset as spectacular as the ones at Waikiki, under the watch of Diamond Head. Walking on the beach with my husband and seeing the sunset and the moon over Diamond Head still counts as one of my favorite memories on the island. So don’t judge me…

Aloha Friday at the Kaneohe Sand Bar

Aloha Friday at the Kaneohe Sand Bar

I have never felt as loved at work as I’ve felt the past couple weeks, as our friends have gathered together from all over the island to send us off. Or maybe they’re just celebrating our leaving. Just kidding. Either way, we’re having a blast. We recently all got together to rent a couple of…

Climbing Koko Head Staircase

Climbing Koko Head Staircase

One of the nice things about moving is that you’re usually always moving – you’re always either packing or planning or doing something so that you don’t have a chance to feel all the conflicting feelings that come together when you’re leaving a place you’ve called home for a long time. Except this time, our planning worked a little too…

Color Vibe Honolulu

Color Vibe Honolulu

I love it when my friends invite me to help them start a running program. Running is always more fun when you have teammates to encourage and to encourage you back. Also, it’s not like I’m competitive – I count just getting out there and getting off the couch as a win – so I’m…

Kayaking Mokoli’i Island

Kayaking Mokoli’i Island

Oahu’s coastline is studded with dozens of smaller islands – portions of lava flows that eroded off the main mass, lava bubbles that rose up from the sea-floor on their own. Many of the ones off the the island’s windward side are only separated by a short distance, and some, like Mokoli’i Island, locally known…

Atlantis Dinner Cruise

Atlantis Dinner Cruise

Scott and I spend a lot of evenings stuck in traffic. It’s an unfortunate reality of living on Oahu. Small island, lots of cars. You’re going to sit. Fortunately, though, the views from the highway are pretty phenomenal. And a lot of those evenings, we’ve looked out and seen the Atlantis Navatek 1 twin-hull hydroplane gliding…

Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi with Honey Garlic Aioli

Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi with Honey Garlic Aioli

Over the nearly four years we’ve been married, Scott and I have discovered we make a great team. Granted, there have been some struggles, as we’ve wrestled with home renovations and other married life adventures, but that’s been part of the discovery process. Adversity doesn’t make relationships – it defines them. And it’s helped us define…

Makapu’u Tide Pools

Makapu’u Tide Pools

We’ve been working to plan a hike down to the Makapu’u Tide Pools for ages, and were starting to get worried – with our time on the island running out, we still hadn’t made it happen. Fortunately, one of my friends took care of that when she announced that, since we had a long weekend…

Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa

Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa

It’s amazing how many different flavors the Hawaiian islands have. While I’m beyond glad that Hawaiian cuisine itself is being recognized among culinary circles, it’s also important to understand that even within the term “Hawaiian cuisine,” there are lots of subtle nuances. Maui and its ranches favor traditional beef and pork dishes, Oahu brings an abundance…

Dining Aulani :: ‘Ama’Ama

Dining Aulani :: ‘Ama’Ama

Let’s talk food! Beautiful, elegant food! Oh, and did I mention delicious, organic, and locally sourced food on top of that? Because that’s what you’re going to get at Disney’s ‘Ama’Ama. The whole focus of the restaurant is on locally sourced and sustainable cuisine with a Hawaii flair. The open air restaurant sits right on…

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